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Food, health and medical technologies have a large impact on individuals and communities today and in the future. Throughout this paper, discussion will involve the issues that society faces regarding food and health and how we can create a healthier and safer world for our future. The food industry has a large impact on individuals and will affect wider communities in the future. The rush of today’s society has pushed food production to become more commercialized with prepackaged/premade based foods. For numerous reasons such as time, work and costs of living, people are wanting meals that are cheap, fast, easy and don’t require much effort. This is due to many obligations and priorities in life that are put above people’s health and care of the environment. An example of this is the Fast food industry (Purvice, A. 2012). This industry plays a large part in the health issues people face today. Children are a main target when involving the advertising of these foods. According to the Federal Trade Commission, food makers spend $1.6 billion annually to reach children through the traditional media as well as the Internet and in-store advertising (Robins, J. 2001). With the popularity of fast foods increasing, children are losing the knowledge and basic skills of how to prepare a healthy meal. These issues are highly prominent in our society today and need to be addressed in order to create a healthier and safer future. These issues can be addressed in schools, campaigns, television and the family home. The more awareness created, the greater the effect and change will occur.
Obesity is one of the major risk factors and major contributors to some of Australia’s most important health priorities, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. In 2008, Obesity was named a National Health Priority at the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (Stewart, S, 2008). According to Professor Simon Stewart, 1.5 million middle aged...
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